Saturday, March 23, 2013
Some of you may know that I am off the running trail due to a stress fracture in my pelvis. I have been an old gloomy gus about this as it is very hard to get good cardio without running, walking or otherwise standing on the large lower muscles. I tried out a friend's three-wheel bike and loved it, so I went to a bike shop to see about them.
Fortunately, it was a good shop where they actually try to ascertain your needs rather than just selling you something. Sebastian pointed out the new 'feet forward' bikes where you sit on a larger, more comfortable seat and you are not putting pressure on the pelvis to peddle.
I've been for a couple of rides and I am over the moon to come home with my lungs having really worked for the first time in over a month! Yay!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I understand that ads keep Spark free. And I actually don't mind them, in their place. I have followed a few, joined a couple and it's possible I bought something as a result of one. I don't recall which purchases are a result of which sites.
HOWEVER, I do take issue with a supposed story on a Spark email leading to -not a story, but- a full page of advertorials from Weight Watchers. Ads are one thing; embedding to this degree is entirely something else and I think it is just not fair game, not in the Spark mentality. If this kind of thing keeps up, it could mean the difference between using the site to its full advantage as I do now and cherry-picking things like trackers and reading friend blogs.
Spark Guy, I hope you're listening.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Okay, so I'm an English major once and forever; so be it. However I was musing on the treadmill this morning (on a slow interval) and I realized that my new eating habits and my new running habits serve as a metaphor for each other.
In the past, I tried to run and I tried to go all out. Then after about 30 seconds, I realized that I just couldn't do that. So, naturally, I just quit and didn't bother with that again. My attempts at losing weight went somewhat the same. I would get through a week, lose 5 or more pounds and realize that I couldn't do that for long enough to lose the weight I needed to lose. So, naturally, I just quit and didn't bother with that--til the next time I forgot the experience and was willing to try again.
Fast forward many many years. I began the Couch to 5 K program and realized that A) you don't need to go all out all the time and B) every little bit builds success for the coming interval. Coincidentally, that approach has worked for healthy eating and weight loss. I don't need to ban every food I love and eat 800 calories a day. Every day that I eat healthy builds a step toward the next day. And each day that I eat healthy, I am rewarded with weight that either drops or at least doesn't gain.
Who knew that as I approach 60 I would finally realize that moderation in all things is a pretty good basis for all my metaphors?
Friday, July 20, 2012
These small steps were a part of an article featured today; you may have read it. I was doing great, reading down the list-Check, water, check, veggies, check, fruits, check. Well you get the picture. Then I got to the last one. Hmm, how am I coming on that one?
Get up without the snooze
Drink 8 glasses of water
Eat 2 veggies
Eat 2 fruits
Eat 2 complex carbs
Write in a journal
Take a walk
Put up motivating pictures
Gather motivating music
Tell a friend about weight loss goals
Avoid using negative words that could discourage you
Until three days ago, I would have said OOOPS, gotta get at that one. But for some reason, and I am not really sure how it happens, my attitude took a turn for the better. (I struggle with clinical depression and I can get PRETTY darned down on myself bytimes.) My husband had to go away for three days and I earmarked those days for three days of attitude adjustment, re-dedication to my South Beach eating and three days of commitment to me-time (which included my running as that is no longer a chore but a reward--when did THAT happen???)
It seems that my three day plan is working, unfolding as it should. DH is due back in about half an hour and I feel like he is coming back to a different person than he left. (No I'm not bi-polar, just really have had a positive attitude adjustment
. Yay, I'm back inside my own skin!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
This is a poster entitled Beat the Binge. It is pretty to look at and great ideas. If you have the url in your address line, backspace til you get just the dot com portion and take a look at all the other neat posters.
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